Warm Seawater Forces Connecticut Nuclear Plant Shutdown
21 August, 2012
Associated press reports that Connecticut’s nuclear power plant shut one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool down the plant is too warm.
The AP reoport says:
Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday.
Water from Long Island Sound is used to cool key components of the plant and is discharged back into the sound. The water cannot be warmer than 75 degrees and following the hottest July on record has been averaging 1.7 degrees above the limit, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
This is a scary scenario for the future. When the sea water gets warmer due to global warming, most of the nuclear power plants located near the sea will face similar situation, and may even lead to accidents.
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